Located in the heart of a unique urban park, the Vanier Museopark celebrates the rich heritage and history of its neighborhood, as well as its francophone culture, to ensure its longevity. We aim to facilitate discovery and appreciation for its site and activities in an open, intercultural and intergenerational environment.
Inclusion / Diversity
Integrity / Exactitude / Honesty / Credibility
Pride / Inspiration
Respect / Empathy
The Museopark: a destination with a unique flavour
The Muséoparc Vanier Museopark is so named because of its location in the Richelieu Park. The property called Richelieu Park belonged in the past to the Society of Missionaries of Africa. These priests were well known as the White Fathers. They built an important scholasticate on the site of the Richelieu Park in 1938. Two extensions were added in the 1950s. It was an imposing building and of course interesting from an architectural angle. The White Fathers also built a sugar shack on the property. The property of the White Father was bought by the City of Vanier in 1977 and the main building of the scholasticate was demolished. In 1985, Vanier’s City Hall moved in one of the remaining buildings. Today, the 17.5 acres of the Richelieu Park remain a natural treasure in the midst of an urban setting. The Vanier Museopark, the Richelieu-Vanier Community Center, the Ottawa Public Library and even a sugar shack are all located in the Richelieu Park.
The path to the Vanier Museopark
Action Vanier, a now-defunt group of concerned citizens, with René Doré at its helm, first set up a committee with the goal of creating the first museum in Vanier. The committee first met at Action Vanier’s maple grove in 2002, and was then presided over by Diane Doré. Present at this inaugural meeting were mayors and councillors of the Ottawa-Vanier ward, including Roger Crête, Guy Cousineau, and Gisèle Lalonde, as well as local residents. Thanks to numerous partners and sponsors, including the City of Ottawa, the ROPFO (Regroupement des organismes du patrimoine franco-ontarien), the Vanier B.I.A. and the Trillium Foundation of Ontario — the Vanier Museopark was born!
In October 2006, the Muséoparc Vanier Museopark officially opened its doors with a first exhibition named “Vanier-sur-l’Outaouais, aujourd’hui pour demain,” or Vanier-on-the-Outaouais, today for tomorrow. This exhibition explores the history of the Vanier district with themes like the First Nations, the Voyageurs and the waterways they used for transportation, the first pioneers, education, religion and family life. Elements that generated the social, cultural and economical developments in the last 400 years are brought to light.
The Museopark also provides fascinating temporary exhibits. Over the last three years, the Museopark has presented such exhibits as “Ontario, a feminine epic,” “Preserving our past: a restoration project” and “Vers les affaires.”
The Museopark’s Logo and its Significance
The maple tree symbolizes the fact that the Richelieu Park is an environmental landmark.
The window represents a museum adorned with windows. The four colours are the reflection of the Museopark’s very essence:
- Green represents nature
- Yellow symbolizes sunshine
- Red highlights the passion of Francophones for their language
- Blue represents the colours of the Vanier flag